ACT ATOD Sector eBulletin - May 2013
ATODA eBulletin - www.atoda.org.au


News from the Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Association ACT


ACT ATOD Consumer Participation Forum
A Consumer Participation Forum for the ACT ATOD sector was held on Friday 12th April 2013. The forum offered an opportunity to further engage all specialist ATOD services regarding meaningful consumer participation and ideas of how to progress this throughout the sector. The ACT Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Sector Service Users’ Satisfaction Survey 2012 Final Report was also launched at the forum (see the Consumer Participation Section of this eBulletin), with a presentation on the findings from the reports author and consultant to ATODA, David McDonald. ATODA will circulate a report on the forum in the coming months.
For more information: email charlene@atoda.org.au or call (02) 6255 4070

First Aid (Subsidised for ACT ATOD Workers) - Fully Booked
As part of the ACT ATOD Minimum Qualification Strategy, Senior First Aid will be subsidised for ACT ATOD workers. The first aid course is unfortunately full, but for those who are already registered here is a reminder of the date and time of the next training:
Date: 13 May 2013
Time: 8.30am – 5pm
Venue: St Johns Ambulance Service, Thesiger Court, Deakin
For more information: email info@atoda.org.au or call (02) 6255 4070.

Free Nicotine Replacement Therapy Assistance for Workers
Access to nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) is available to people who are ATOD, youth or mental health workers in the non-government, not for profit sector of the ACT and/or members of ATODA to help staff address their tobacco consumption and support quit attempts at no cost to the individual employee.
For more information: Visit ATODA's website, email info@atoda.org.au or call (02) 6255 4070

4 Core Competencies: Block 3 of the Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drug Work - for Registered Participans
The ACT ATOD Minimum Qualification Strategy aims to ensure the development and maintenance of a competent and professional workforce. Information on the next block of training and assessment in the “4 Core Competencies” from the Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drug Work delivered by ReGen is:
Date: 20 - 22 May 2013
Cost: Free for registered participants
For more information: See the Information Package, visit the ATODA website, email info@atoda.org.au or call (02) 6255 4070

ATODA Membership
Stakeholders who are ACT based ATOD services and / or support the objects of the ATODA are invited to become a member of ATODA or renew their membership. The membership fees of ATODA have changed for new and renewing members from 1 July 2013, and current and future members are encouraged to review the new application and renewal forms.   
For more information: Visit ATODA’s website or download the application form, the renewal form, or contact office@atoda.org.au.

Other ATODA involvements are also listed throughout the eBulletin.

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Drug Action Week 2013


Drug Action Week is a week of activities held nationally to raise awareness about ATOD issues in Australia and is an initiative of the Alcohol and Other Drugs Council of Australia. It will be held from 16 - 22 June 2013, with the theme "Drugs, Communities & Families!"
Visit the DAW's website for more information about national activities.

Get Involved in ACT Drug Action Week
ATODA
Services are again invited to be involved in Drug Action Week in the ACT. ATODA coordinates Drug Action Week in the ACT, and brings together stakeholders to plan activities, develop a promotional Calendar, launch Drug Action Week in the ACT and develop the annual conference.  If you would like to be involved, email daw@atoda.org.au to be added to the ACT contact list.

Contribute an Activity to the ACT Drug Action Week Calendar
ATODA
All stakeholders hosting activities for Drug Action Week are invited to submit activity information to daw@atoda.org.au for promotion through the ACT Drug Action Week Calendar. The deadline for contributions has been extended to 15 May 2013.

Register for National Merchandise
Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia
Stakeholders are encouraged to register their Drug Action Week activities through the national Drug Action Week website. In doing so, services will be able to access a range of merchandise and promote activities through the national calendar.
For more information: See the Drug Action Week website

6th Annual ACT ATOD Sector Conference
ATODA
Information and communications technologies can be a mine field. All you need to do is type the word “drugs” into a search engine and you can see how difficult it can be to ascertain accurate, credible, evidence-informed information. This conference will bring together local and national experts to help us engage in thinking about how and where we might use modern digital communications in providing services, conducting research, developing policy and engaging stakeholders related to alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.

Speakers include:
  • Professor Alison Ritter, Drug Policy Modelling Program, NDARC, UNSW
  • Professor Ron Borland, Cancer Council Victoria
  • Professor Dan Lubman, Turning Point
  • Associate Professor Nicole Lee, Flinders University & LeeJenn Consulting
  • Dr Nic Carrah, University of Queensland
  • Dr Monica Barratt, National Drug Research Institute
  • Ms Pam Boyer, Mental Illness Education ACT
  • Dr Sally Rooke, National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre, NDARC, UNSW
The conference will connect participants with the evidence base about what is effective in the online environment; promote opportunities to consider new and emerging ethical considerations concerning treatment engagement in the online world; look at what online resources are available that can complement our existing service system response; showcase developments in the ACT; and potentially challenge some assumptions.
Date: 21 June 2013
Time: 8:45am – 5pm
Cost: $100 Non-ATODA Member / $80 ATODA Member / Free for Conference Presenters, Sponsors, and some subsidised places for consumers and their families.
Venue: National Portrait Gallery of Australia, Parkes
For more information and to register: Visit the Conference website, the ATODA website, email conference@atoda.org.au or call (02) 6255 4070
 
This conference is supported through the Alcohol and Other Drugs Conference Program which is supported by funding from the Australian Government under the 'Substance Misuse Prevention and Service Improvement Grants Funds' and is managed by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education.

Drug Policy Modelling Program Annual Symposium: In Canberra
Drug Policy Modelling Program, University of New South Wales
This year the Drug Policy Modelling Program (DPMP) Symposium is being held in Canberra during Drug Action Week. The program will be most relevant for those interested or engaged in evidence informed policy development, including researchers, policy analysts/makers and service providers.
Date: 20 June 2013
Time: 10am – 4pm
Venue: National Portrait Gallery of Australia, Parkes
Cost:  Free  
RSVP:  Registrations are essential by 31 May 2013
For more information: See the program, or contact Colleen Faes by email colleen.faes@unsw.edu.au

National Drug and Alcohol Awards (NDAA) 2013: Closing Date Extended and Tickets Now on Sale
Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia, Australian National Council on Drugs, Australian Drug Foundation and Ted Noffs Foundation
The NDAA are a highlight of the Drug Action Week and encourage, recognise, and celebrate achievements of the many people and organisations that do exceptional work to reduce the harm and impact of alcohol and other drugs in Australia. The 2013 Awards are being hosted by the Alcohol and Other Drugs Council of Australia (ADCA) and are open to all people and organisations working across the health and wellbeing sectors.
The closing date for nominations has been extended to 8 May 2013, and tickets may now be purchased from the NDAA website.
Date: 20 June 2013
Venue: Great Hall, Parliament House, Canberra
Cost:  $100 (includes a three-course dinner)
For more information: Visit the NDAA's website, contact Carolyn Murphy, ADCA Business Manager, by email carolyn.murphy@adca.org.au or contact Brian Flanagan, Awards Event Manager by phone (02) 6215 9802 or email brian.flanagan@adca.org.au
 
ACT Drug Action Week Launch: Call for Stall Holders
ATODA
The launch of the 2013 ACT Drug Action Week will be held at the ACT Legislative Assembly. Service stalls are available to promote ATOD services and programs. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis by contacting ATODA.
Date: 13 June 2013
Time: 11am – 12:30pm
Venue: ACT Legislative Assembly
For more information or to register: Visit the ATODA website, email daw@atoda.org.au or call (02) 6255 4070

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Health Reform & Infrastructure

 
University of Canberra Public Hospital moves into design phase
Australian Government, 11 April 2013
Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher today announced that expressions of interest will be called from suitably qualified consultants to design the new northside sub-acute hospital, to be located on the University of Canberra campus.
For more information: See the Media Release

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Close the Gap Campaign Progress and Development
 
$777 Million for renewed national effort to close the gap in indigenous health (FED) 
Australian Government, 18 April 2013
The Australian Government has announced $777 million to fund its share of a renewed National Partnership Agreement on Closing the Gap in Indigenous Health Outcomes for a further three years to 30 June 2016. This funding will ensure Indigenous Australians continue to benefit from improved health services and support the commitment to close the gap on Indigenous disadvantage. In particular, the health funding will help achieve the commitment to close the gap in life expectancy between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians within a generation, and to halve the gap in mortality rates for Indigenous children under five within a decade.
For more information: See the announcement
 
Additional media releases are available from:  
Close the Gap Open Letter in The Australian 
Close the Gap Campaign Group
The Close the Gap Campaign group have placed an open letter in the Australian.
For more information: See the letter
 
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News from the ACT ATOD Executive Directors Group


The Executive Directors Group met on 16 April 2013. The key discussion at this meeting was regarding the Groups roles and responsibilities, particularly regarding sector wide governance including clarifying the scope as a specialist ACT ATOD services senior managers group.
For more information: Please contact Vera Van De Velde, Chair on Vera.VanDeVelde@act.gov.au or for further information about the group visit ATODA's website

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News from the ACT ATOD Workers Group


The ACT ATOD Workers Group met on 4 April 2013, and are progressing work across a range of areas. If you would like to get involved, please review the information below and liaise with the Workers Group representative from your agency. Activities / discussions include:
  • Encouraging ongoing representation of services on the Alcohol and Drug Services Smokefree Groups as implementation and development of the now policy continues; 
  • Discussing the new throughcare model from the Alexander Maconochie Centre. The Workers Group will seek to obtain more information regarding this and the opportunities for the ACT ATOD sector in the coming months; 
  • Continuing planning for ACT Drug Action Week 2013 (16 - 22 June), see http://www.atoda.org.au/activities/daw/ for more ACT information.
  • Discussing the role of the Workers Group in ACT ATOD sector governance, and exploring the opportunities for a workshop (or similar) to explore these issues more closely. 
For more information: Please see the ACT ATOD Workers Group webpage.

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Policy


Review of the ACT Victims of Crime Financial Assistance Scheme
ACT Government, Justice and Community Safety
The Attorney-General, Simon Corbell MLA is seeking views on the operation of the Victims of Crime (Financial Assistance) Act 1983 and possible reforms to the scheme for the provision of financial assistance to victims of crime. The current scheme has been in place since 1998 and a range of issues about the operation of the scheme have been raised since the scheme commenced, including recent comments by the Ombudsman in the report – ‘Administration of Applications for Financial Assistance under the Victims of Crime (Financial Assistance) Act 1983’.
A growing number of interstate schemes have been reviewed and substantially changed, for example by introducing an administrative scheme.
Submissions close: 5pm 21 June 2013
For more information: See the ACT Victims of Crime Financial Assistance Scheme Issues Paper, visit the Time to Talk website or contact Jennifer Bauer by phone (02) 6205 3085
 
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Community Sector Reform

Joint Community Government Reference Group (JCGRG) Bulletin 
Joint Community Government Reference Group (JCGRG)
The JCGRG comprises ACT Government, Peak Body and Community Sector representatives. It meets seven times a year to monitor sector viability matters in the community sector and provide strategic advice to the ACT Government. The JCGRG fosters a partnership between the ACT Government and Community Sector to progress social and sustainability policy issues affecting the ACT community and the community sector.
The March JCGRG bulletin contains notices on the ACT Social Compact, the NDIS, Community Sector Wage Case, Red Tape Reduction, and other ACT community sector news.
For more information: See the bulletin
 
ACT Multi-Employer Agreement (MEA) Bargaining 2013 
ACT Council of Social Services (ACTCOSS)
Some of the reasons to renegotiate the expired (but still operating and binding) ACT Multi-Employer Agreement are:
  • Employers in the Social and Community Sector strive to be employers of choice, it is the intention of all parties that the MEA continue to reflect this
  • The agreement is out of date and does not reflect the modern award standards
  • The Equal Remuneration Case has changed the landscape for the sector, the agreement will take into consideration what this means for employers in the ACT
  • Negotiations will take into account: funding constraints, organisation specific issues (through organisation specific schedules) and seek to address concerns that employers have with current arrangements
For more information: Visit the ACTCOSS website, or contact Jen Forward, Industrial relations adviser at Jobs Australia, by phone (03) 9349 3699 or 1800 060 098 or email jforward@ja.com.au. To fill out an Expression of Interest form, click here.
 
Governance for good – The ACNC’s guide for charity board members
Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC)
This guide explains the responsibilities of board members of charities. In particular, it focuses on the new framework introduced by the Australian Charities and Not‑for‑profits Commission Act 2012 and how the ACNC can support you and your charity.
For more information: See the guide, or visit the ACNC website

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Sector Development, Activities and Events

World No Tobacco Day 2013
World Health Organization (WHO)
Every year, on 31 May, WHO and partners everywhere mark World No Tobacco Day, highlighting the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption. The theme for World No Tobacco Day 2013 is “ban tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship”.
For more information: Visit the WHO website
 
Resources for Alcohol and Other Drug Professionals from National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre Education Trust (NET)
National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) Education Trust (NET)
The NDARC Education Trust (NET) was formed with an aim to disseminate to the public and to health professionals research findings of the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC). NET provides education, resources and training to a variety of audiences. Drawing on NDARC’s vast expertise in the field, NET has developed and distributed a number of resources.
For more information: Visit the NET website, email k.haworth@unsw.edu.au or call (02) 9385 0252
 
Local Health Connections - Regional Network Meetings
ACT Medicare Local
Stakeholders are invited to attend a series of regional network meetings to discuss health services in local areas:
 
Focus area: Health care connections for the vulnerable
Date: Thursday 14 May
Venue: Yacht Club Marquee (South Canberra)
Time: 6-8pm
 
Focus area: Health care connections for young families
Date:  Thursday 30 May       
Venue:  Gungahlin Lakes Golf Club  (Gunghalin)
Time: 6-8pm 
 
Focus area:  Health care connections for young adults
Date: Thursday 13 June
Venue: Ainslie Football Club (North Canberra)
Time: 6-8pm
 
For further information please download the invitation and registration form
Register online at events.actml.com.au, for individual events, or email events@actml.com.au with your preferences or call 6287 8099

Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Borderline Personality Disorder
National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
The 2012 Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Borderline Personality Disorder was launched by the Hon Mark Butler MP, Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, on 15 March 2013. Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is the most common and serious of the personality disorders, affecting 1% of the general population. The guideline was developed by a multidisciplinary committee and will assist health professionals to diagnose, treat and manage BPD in adolescents and adults. The guideline will also improve understanding and recognition of BPD in health services and the community.
For more information: Download the guideline, visit the NHMRC website, email health@nationalmailing.com.au or call (02) 6269 1080
 
ACTCOSS Post Budget Forum
ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS)
ACTCOSS has secured time with the Treasurer on Thursday June 6 for a Post Budget Forum. More details are to follow, once it would have been worked with the relevant Ministers, Senior Officials, Peak Bodies and our General Committee to develop an agenda that will meet the needs of ACTCOSS Members.
Date: 6 June 2013
For more information: Visit ACTCOSS website, email actcoss@actcoss.org.au or call (02) 3202 7200
 
Canberra and District Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Sector Worker of the Year Award 
ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS)
This is the time to recognise the many heroes who are providing links between their organisations and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, or who have supported Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities through their work in the community sector. The Community Sector worker of the Year award recognises the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers at the forefront of this vital work.
Nominations close: 17 June 2013
For more information: Visit ACTCOSS website or download the Application Form
 
National Reconciliation Week 2013
ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS)
National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is celebrated across Australia each year between 27 May and 3 June. The dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey—the anniversaries of the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision. The week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements and to explore how each of us can join the national reconciliation effort.
The theme for this year is “Let’s Talk Recognition” with a focus on how Australians can better recognise each other, and recognise the contributions, cultures and histories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Date: 27 May – 3 June 2013
For more information: Visit the NRW website, visit the NRW Calendar, or see the poster
 
Mabo: a catalyst for social change
National Centre for Indigenous Studies (NCIS)
Public Lecture from Greg McIntyre: The Mabo case was commenced at a time when there was no national land rights legislation for Aboriginal people at a national level and the prospects for it were not high, with opposition from mineral rich states such as Western Australia. It came in the wake of a High Court which had indicated in the Koowarta v Bjelke Petersen in 1982 that it was prepared to adopt a view of the law which was favourable to the obligation of the Commonwealth to respect the rights of Indigenous people as equal citizens in international law.
Date: 15 May 2013
Time: 11am – 12:30pm
Cost: Free
Venue: Sparke Helmore 2, ANU College of Law, Fellows Rd, The Australian National University
RSVP: required by 13 May 2013
For more information: See the flyer, visit the NCIS website or the National Reconciliation Week website
 
Resources from the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA)
National centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA) & Odyssey House Victoria
The following resources have been developed to support AOD professionals:
  1.  ‘Can I ask…? An alcohol and drug clinician’s guide to addressing family and domestic violence’ explores the relationship between AOD and FDV, with a focus on identifying how the AOD sector can better support clients who have co-occurring AOD and FDV issues, and minimise associated harms experienced by their children. It provides an introduction to family and domestic violence (FDV) and examines the relationship between AOD use and FDV in the context of AOD treatment settings, from a child and family sensitive practice perspective.
  2. ‘Breaking the silence: addressing family and domestic violence problems in alcohol and other drug treatment practice in Australia’ is a literature review that complements ‘Can I ask…?’ Together, these publications identify the scope for AOD services to respond to these complex issues.
For more information: See the documents for Resource (1), Resource (2), email nceta@flinders.edu.au or call (08) 8201 7535
 
Launch of National Volunteer Week 2013  
Volunteer ACT & Volunteering Australia
Over 6 million people volunteer annually in Australia. The National Volunteering Week is the occasion to celebrate the contribution of each individual’s volunteer service, continuing Australia’s proud tradition of giving.
Date: 13 May 2013
Time: 5pm – 6:30pm
Venue: The Terrace at the Memorial, Australian War Memorial, Treloar Crescent, Campbell
For more information: See the invitation, visit the Volunteering ACT website, email customer.service@volunteering.org.au or call (02) 6251 4060
 
Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards 
Australian Institute of Criminology
Nominations are now open for the 2013 Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards (ACVPA). This year the ACVPA Board is particularly interested in considering crime prevention projects that focus on youth crime or domestic violence, but nominated projects may address crime prevention in areas as diverse as rural and remote communities, women, children, youth or the family, multicultural or Indigenous communities, or address specific problems such as alcohol-related violence.
Businesses, community networks and members of the public are encouraged to nominate local projects of any size that have made an impact on their community by reducing crime and violence.
Nominations close: 21 June 2013
For more information and to nominate someone: See the nomination form, visit the Australian Institute of Criminology website, email acvpa@aic.gov.au or call (02) 6260 9216
 
National Sorry Day Bridge Walk 
Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service, ACT Government Health, Tap into Water Every Day, National Sorry Day Committee (NSDC)
The walk is in support of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and highlights the issue of the lack of a Government apology to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people for the Stolen Generations.
This year the Welcome to Country will be presented by Aunty Agnes Shea and smoking ceremony by Wiradjuri Echoes.
Date: 24 April 2013
For more information: See the flyer, visit the National Reconciliation Week website, email ian.bateman@winnunga.org.au or call (02) 6284 6222
 
Celebration for Winnunga’s 25th Birthday
Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service 
People are invited to come and celebrate Winnunga’s 25th Birthday. There will be food, live entertainment and kids activities.
Date:  10 July 2013
Time: 10am – 3pm
Venue: Winnunga Grounds, 63 Boolimba Cr, Narrabundah, Canberra
For more information: See the invitation, visit the Winnunga Nimmittyjah Aboriginal Health Service website or call (02) 6284 6222

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Training and Professional Development


April - May 2013 Training and Professional Development Calendar
ATODA, Mental Health Community Coalition ACT and the Youth Coalition of the ACT
The ACT Training and Professional Development Calendar collates training and professional development opportunities for workers in the alcohol, tobacco and other drug, youth, mental health, family support and community sectors.
Download the training calendar
To include your training in the next calendar, email kate@youthcoalition.net or call the Youth Coalition on (02) 6247 3540.
 
Expert, Customised and Evidence Based ACT Specific ATOD Training
It can often be challenging in the ACT to access evidence-based, expert, customised, and industry delivered ATOD education and training. In response to this ATODA has engaged expert trainers and educators across Australia to deliver training and education that can be tailored to your service or organisation’s needs. A diversity of courses is available, and can be customized to meet service needs.
For more information: download the information package  or contact ATODA by email info@atoda.org.au or call (02) 6255 4070.

ACT Comorbidity Bus Tours
ATODA, Mental Health Community Coalition ACT (MHCC) and the Youth Coalition of the ACT
The Comorbidity Bus Tour seeks to increase the capacity of frontline workers to support people experiencing co-occurring ATOD and mental health issues (comorbidity). The Comorbidity Bus Tour visits a variety of services in the ACT from the alcohol, tobacco and other drug (ATOD), mental health and youth sectors.
The next Comorbidity Bus Tour for 2013 will be Tour A on 8 May 2013.
For more information: Visit ATODA's website, email kate@youthcoalition.net or call (02) 6247 3540
 
Lunch time forum with Ms Nancy Poole, International Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorders (FASD) expert
Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE)
Ms Poole is an international expert on Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) and will present on Canada’s multilayered approach to FASD prevention. Ms Poole will also outline the lessons that Australia can learn from the Canadian experience on addressing FASD.
Date: 7 May 2013
Time: 12:30pm – 2pm
Venue: Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education, Level 1, 40 Thesiger Court, Deakin
RSVP: Registration required by 6 May 2013
For more information or to register: email glenis.thomas@fare.org.au or call (02) 6122 8600
 
Dealing with People in Difficult situations – a toolbox of skills
Lifeline Canberra
The Dealing with People in Difficult Situations course is a half-day workshop which aims to provide participants with fundamental skills in counselling and dealing with difficult people. The course covers topics such as dealing with people who are: highly emotional, angry or abusive, drug affected, and/or suffering from a mental illness. Participants receive a workbook which they can refer to later to refresh the skills and knowledge gained from the course.
Date: 2 May 2013
Time: 9am – 1pm
Cost: $100 per participant / $90 Concession rates for not for profit organisations
Venue: Lifeline Canberra, Level 1, 71 Northbourne Ave, Civic
RSVP: Registration required
For more information or to register: email training@act.lifeline.org.au or call (02) 6247 0655
 
Response Ability Pathways (RAP) Training
Institute of child Protection Studies (ICPS)
Developed by Dr Larry Brendtro, RAP provides essential skills for those working with young people experiencing conflict in out-of-home care settings, juvenile justice programs, schools, families and other community settings. RAP is based on the need for adults to provide positive responses to the needs of young people, rather than reactions to their problems.
Date: 13-14 May 2013
Time: 9am – 5pm
Cost: $440 per person (includes lunch and refreshments on both days, a textbook, resource book, journal and Certificate)
Venue: Yarramundi Reach, Lady Denman Drive, ACT
RSVP: Registration required
For more information or to register: see the flyer and registration form, visit the ACU website or email erin.barry@acu.edu.au
 
Workshop: Engaging people to talk about problem gambling issues

Mission Australia – ACT Gambling Counselling & Support Service
This course is aimed at any person assisting people who may have financial, legal, relationship, housing, drug and alcohol, child protection and mental health concerns. Many people who have problems with gambling or are gambling in a high risk fashion do not recognise the extent to which their gambling may be affecting themselves or people close to them. Even if people with gambling problems do self identify they are likely to seek help for the consequences of their gambling rather than, or before, seeking specific gambling help.
Date: 23 May & 17 June 2013
Time: 9am – 4:30pm
Cost: Free
Venue: The ACT Gambling Counselling and Support Service, Block E CIT Southside, Ainsworth St, Phillip, Canberra
For more information or to register: Contact Alex Ingham by phone (02) 6207 0305 or email alexander.ingham@act.gov.au  
 
Also see other ATODA trainings (First Aid, 4 Core Competencies) in the News from ATODA section  

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Conferences and Symposiums


2013 Australian Winter School conference
Lives Lived Well
The alcohol and drug sector in Australia has and is experiencing pressures and changes which both have major implications for the development of responsive and sustainable services into the future.
A must attend event for workers and clinicians in the alcohol and drug sector, this year’s conference "Limited Resources, Unlimited Ideas" will show case how new ideas, new practice, new models of treatment and new approaches can achieve not just results, but efficiencies.
It’s a chance to learn and to find out how the AOD sector is alive with opportunities and turn great ideas into action!
Date: 17-19 July 2013
Cost:  Before 31 May 2013 – Full Delegate $495, Day Delegate $275, Cocktail party-networking forum $55, Workshop $330.
Venue: Novotel Brisbane, 200 Creek St, Brisbane
For more information: Visit the Conference website, or contact Michelle Bordignon, event manager, by phone (07) 3834 3333 or email michelle@iamevents.com.au
 
APSAD Scientific Conference 2013: Bridging Knowledge and Practice
Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs (APSAD)
This conference will feature an exciting program which includes international and national speakers, focussing on new treatment, prevention and policy in the areas of drugs and alcohol research.       
Important dates: registration 22 May; Early bird registration deadline 4 September 2013.
Date: 24 27 November 2013
Venue: The Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Queensland
For more information: Visit the APSAD Conference website, email apsadconference@arinex.com.au or call (02) 9265 0700
 
StandUp! Conference: The Elimination of All Violence Against Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) Women
Australian Migrant and Refugee Women’s Alliance (AMaRWA)
The first national conference focussing on violence against women from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities (CaLD). This conference will bring together experts from various fields and grassroots to discuss, debate and make recommendations as to how we can as a society work together to eliminate all forms of violence against CaLD women and break the circle of violence
Date: 28 – 30 April 2013
Cost:  $450 / $400 Government / $300 Non-government organisation / $100 Concession
Venue: Rydges Lakeside Canberra, London Circuit, Canberra
For more information: See the StandUp Registration Pack, visit the AMaRWA website or call (02) 6257 1002

Australian Youth Justice Conference: Changing Trajectories of Offending and Reoffending
Australian Institute of Criminology & Australasian Juvenile Justice Administrators
The Conference will present contemporary research, policy and program evidence on what can prevent young people from offending, what is good practice for managing young people within the criminal justice system, and what helps young offenders desist from crime and attain a more constructive and fulfilling life path. Key themes to be explored will include: family and community-based interventions; policing young people; young offenders and the courts; intervening within a corrections context; therapeutic jurisprudence and restorative justice; and policies and programs to assist Indigenous young people and their families.
Date: 20 – 22 May 2013
Time: 8am – 5:30pm
Cost:  $990 Full Registration / $385 One-day Registration
Venue: National Convention Centre, Constitution Ave, Canberra
For more information: Visit the conference website, contact Kate Hancott by phone (02) 6260 9272 or email events@aic.gov.au
 
Australian Smoking Cessation Conference 2013
University of Sydney, Smoking Research Unit
The conference is focusing on four main themes: Smoking in Pregnancy, in Adolescents, in Mental Health and in Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders.  Attendees will gain in depth knowledge in these topics through workshops conducted by these specialists, as well as up to date presentations on research and clinical practice in all areas of smoking cessation.
All accepted abstracts will be published in The Journal of Smoking Cessation, a Cambridge University Press Publication.
Date: 6 – 8 November 2013
Abstracts submissions close: 28 June 2013
Registrations open: 6 May 2013
Cost:  $500 Early-Bird Full Registration / $550 General Full Registration
Venue: Sydney Nursing School, Level 1, 88 Mallett St, Camperdown
For more information: Visit the University of Sydney website, email smoking.research@sydney.edu.au or call (02) 9351 0816
 
Also see the 6th Annual ACT Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Sector Conference in the Drug Action Week section  

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Service Delivery and Referral


This section contains details about new or updated services that accept referrals. For a complete listing of ACT services, please see the ACT ATOD Service Directory

Alcohol and Drug Services Groups 
 
  • Supporting Families and Friends Group
    Alcohol & Drug Service
    A skills-based 5-week program for families, friends and carers of people with substance use issues designed to manage stress and facilitate healthier  relationships with loved ones. A supportive and safe environment to share personal experiences and wisdom.
    For more information: Visit the ACT Government Health website or call (02) 6207 9977
  • Controlling Your Cannabis Use Group
    Alcohol & Drug Service
    A 3-hour program over 2 weeks designed to help people assess their cannabis use and possible barriers that prevent them from reducing or ceasing their use.
    For more information: See the flyer, visit the ACT Government Health website or call (02) 6207 9977
  • Controlling Your Drinking Group
    Alcohol & Drug Service
    A 3-hour program over 2 weeks designed to help people assess their alcohol use and possible barriers that prevent them from reducing or ceasing their use.
    For more information: See the flyer, visit the ACT Government Health website or call (02) 6207 9977
  • Mindfulness, Meditation and Stress Management Course
    Alcohol & Drug Service
    A 5-week group program designed for individuals with, or caring for, someone with alcohol and other drug issues who want to learn: meditation and other mindfulness techniques; how to identify and let go of unhelpful thoughts, feelings, sensations and urges; and how to better manage stress and uncomfortable emotions.
    For more information: See the flyer, visit the ACT Government Health website or call (02) 6207 9977
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Newsletters, Magazines and Updates
 
Of Substance eBulletin
Australian National Council on Drugs
In the April e-bulletin, Of Substance explores the mysterious 'deep dark web' and its online drug marketplace.
For more information: see the latest issue April 2013
 
Drug Trends Bulletin
Illicit Reporting System (IDRS) & Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System (EDRS)
The Drug Trends Bulletins provide information about Australia’s drug markets and trends in drug related harms.
For more information: see the latest issues IDRS and EDRS or visit the website
 
Prison Issues Update (PIU)
Australian National Council on Drugs (ANCD)
The PIU provides information sourced from the ANCDs regular media and policy monitoring activities and information services provided by external organisations.
For more information: see the latest April 2013 issue
 
Quarterly Research Update – Institute of Child Protection Studies, Australian Catholic University
Institute of Child Protection Studies (ICPS)
The Quarterly Research Update aims to keep key stakeholders informed about the projects we are undertaking. The March 2013 Update provides information on the following current research projects: 
·         Evaluation of Intergenerational Trauma Initiatives (new project)
·         Evaluation Plan for the ACT Child, Youth and Family Services Program (new project)
·         Identity and Meaning for Vulnerable Young People
·         Children of Prisoners: Building Resilience in a Uniquely Vulnerable Group
·         FAHCSIA Homelessness and Services: ‘Connecting the Dots’
·         Literature Synthesis: What works for children experiencing homelessness and/or family violence (completed)
·         See also New Publications at the end of the Update.
For more information: see the latest March 2013 issue
 
Health InterACTion
ACT Medicare Local (ACTML)
This is the first edition of a fortnightly eNewsletter for ACTML members and stakeholders to keep up-to-date with how ACTML is keeping health on the agenda and connecting local services.
For more information: see the latest issue April 2013

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Consumer Participation

ACT Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Sector Service Users’ Satisfaction Survey 2012 – Final Report
Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Association ACT (ATODA)
A Service Users’ Satisfaction Survey was conducted across the ACT ATOD organisations, both government and non-government, on 21 June 2012. The report was launched at the ACT ATOD Consumer Participation Forum by Dave Baxter from CAHMA and Amanda Bode from ATODA, with a presentation on the findings provided by the author David McDonald. This is a report on the findings of the 2012 Survey. It also provides comparisons between the 2009 and 2012 waves.
A summary of the report will be provided in the upcoming ACT ATOD Research eBulletin.
For more information:  Download the document, or visit the ATODA website
 
Our Health, Our Community. Australian Healthcare – Have a say & Find your way!
Consumers Health Forum of Australia
Consumers are encouraged to share their stories and hear others views and experiences to see how they can contribute to better health policy and a better health system for all Australians.
For more information: Visit the OurHealth website, email charlene@atoda.org.au or call 1300 700 214
 
Also see Consumer Participation Forum in the News from ATODA section  

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Youth, Mental Health and Allied Sectors


Review of the Mental Health (Treatment and Care) Act, 1994 Second Exposure Draft
ACT Government, Health Directorate
Feedback from the first exposure draft of proposed revisions to the ACT Mental Health Act has informed the development of a second exposure draft, which is now open for six weeks of public consultation.
Closing date: 28 May 2013, 5pm
For more information: Visit the ACT Government, website, or call 13 22 81. Submissions can be sent by email at mentalhealth.policy@act.gov.au
 
Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth Report Card: The Wellbeing of Young Australians
Australia Research Alliance for Children and Youth Report (ARACY)
The launch of the second, five yearly Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) Report Card on the Wellbeing of Young Australians was held recently.
For more information: See the Youth Coalitions summary or visit the ARACY website
 
Using Technologies Safely and Effectively to Promote Young People’s Wellbeing: a Better Practice Guide for Services
NSW Centre for the Advancement of Adolescent Health & Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre
The Better Practice Guide is a resource for health service providers and youth organisations to use technologies to engage with young people online to promote their mental health and wellbeing. The guide recognises that websites, social networking, text messaging and apps are tools that young people use to connect with information and each other on a daily basis, and identifies effective models and approaches for engaging young people in service design and delivery that take advantage of these online channels.
For more information: Visit the Young and Well CRC website, or see the full report
 
Identity and Meaning in Vulnerable Young People
Institute of Child Protection Studies (ICPS)
The Institute of Child Protection Studies recently published a research report titled: “Me, Myself and I: Identity and meaning in the lived of vulnerable young people”. The report presents the findings of research which interviewed 24 young people about the role and potency of concepts such as identity and a search for meaning in their lives. The report also explores the implications for support services that work with vulnerable young people.
For more information: See the report or visit the ACU website

Reviews confirm need for secure mental health facility in the ACT
Australian Government, 15 April 2013
Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher confirmed changes to plans for the ACT's secure Mental Health Facility with reviews of planning for a secure mental health facility in the ACT confirming the need for a facility providing medium and low secure beds.
For more information: See the Australian Government and the Medicare Local media release.

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Employment and Volunteering Opportunities


Note: employment opportunities in the sector are also promoted on the Jobs of Substance website.

Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Support Worker - Casual 
Directions
Directions is seeking a casual AOD Support Worker to work across all programs including the Needle Syringe Program (NSP), Arcadia House and Reception as needed. A two-week paid Buddy Shift Program will be provided to the successful applicant.
Responsibilities and duties are to provide casual AOD worker support at programs and services throughout Directions in a range of programs and services across the organisation:
  • Provide AOD Worker support to Arcadia House residential service, including assisting with the Arcadia House program and undertaking duties such as client liaison, administration duties and housekeeping duties commensurate with the position. Actively engage with clients to provide information and referrals;
  • Provide reception/admin duties within Directions including: answering phones, filing, photocopying and faxing, booking appointments, providing referrals and information;
  • Provide support and assistance to the Needle and Syringe Program (NSP) in both locations, including dissemination of free injecting equipment, resources and information;
  • Actively engage with clients to provide information and referrals;
  • Attend to any reporting requirements including statistical entry;
  • Undertake training as required by the organisation;
  • Willingness to work with clients who may present with dual diagnosis/mental health issues.
For more information: Contact Michelle Preston by phone (02) 6122 8041 or email michelle.preston@directionsact.com

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Grants and Funding Opportunities


Over $950,000 provided to keep the community healthy 
ACT Government Media Release, 30 April 2013
Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher, announced that twenty Canberra community groups have received their share in $950,000 of ACT Government health grants, designed to promote health and wellbeing in our city.
For more information: See the media release

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Media


Addicted wait weeks for opioid treatment 
Canberra Times, 2 April 2013
A shortage of doctors working in Canberra's methadone program is exacerbating delays for heroin users desperately seeking help to overcome their addiction.
Drug users are currently faced with a two to three-week wait to access opioid treatment in the ACT. That average wait time is described as the lowest in the country by ACT Health and is far better than areas such as Newcastle, where waits of up to two years have been reported.
For more information: See the article

Warning on addiction to opioid painkillers
Canberra Times, 27 April 2013
Health experts fear a nationwide epidemic in overdose deaths from prescription painkillers and are calling for the states and territories to take action.
For more information: See the article

Amendments to close drug trafficking loophole 
Canberra Times, 9 April 2013
A tough new law designed to crack down on drug traffickers is expected to be passed, despite fears that it is too harsh and is in breach of the ACT's human rights laws.
For more information: See the article

$80,000 in heroin seized
Canberra Times, 27 April 2013
Police found heroin worth as much as $80,000 and charged a 50-year-old man after searching his house and vehicle on Friday afternoon.
For more information: See the article
 
Search on for new ACT Police Chief
ABC News, 29 April 2013
Assistant Commissioner Roman Quaedvlieg has been promoted to be deputy chief executive of the Department of Customs and Border Protection. Assistant Commissioner Quaedvlieg leaves ACT Policing with an enviable record. A replacement is yet to be appointed.
For more information: See the article
 
UC Drugs overdose from ‘bad batch’ 
Canberra Times, 11 April 2013
Two men are recovering well after they overdosed on illicit drugs and were found unconscious outside at the University of Canberra, but have prompted a police warning about a bad batch of pills that could be circulating the capital.
For more information: See the article
 
Police warn of dodgy batch of illegal drugs
ABC News, 12 April 2013
ACT police are worried drug dealers in Canberra may be passing off the horse tranquilliser Ketamine as speed or MDMA.
For more information: See the article
 
Overdose pair had lick and an expert on their side 
Canberra Times, 13 April 2013
The two men, found unconscious at the University of Canberra after a drug overdose on Thursday, were brought to Calvary Hospital's small emergency department unable to breathe.
But waiting for them was one of Calvary's newest emergency department specialists, who just so happened to be a toxicology expert who helped discover the new designer drug that it is believed almost killed them.
For more information: See the article
 
Woman, 25, also victim of ‘bad’ drug 
Canberra Times, 13 April 2013
A 25-year-old Canberra woman has come forward as another victim of the dangerous batch of illicit drugs that is circulating in the ACT, hoping to help others avoid its harmful effects.
For more information: See the article

Drug use on the rise in ACT: report 
Canberra Times, 29 April 2013
The use of illegal drugs in the ACT remains a significant and increasing cause for concern, according to the latest annual snapshot.
For more information: See the article

Surgeons sick of dealing with the drink and the damage done
Canberra Times, 28 April 2013
Every year an estimated 70,000 Australians are injured in alcohol-fuelled assaults. The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons is campaigning against what it calls an epidemic of avoidable tragedies. Here four surgeons provide a snapshot of how alcohol trauma is playing out in operating theatres around the country.
For more information: See the article

Gatecrashers keep police busy at Groovin the Moo
Canberra Times, 29 April 2013
Drugs, drinking and up to 1000 people scaling security fences kept police busy at the Groovin the Moo music festival held at the University of Canberra on Sunday. ACT police arrested one man for drug-related offences and five more people will be summonsed after officers attended the sold out event, which had 15,000 people go through the gates.
For more information: See the article

Corrective Services staff recognised 
ACT Government Media Release, 4 April 2013
Minister for Corrections, Shane Rattenbury, presented the ACT Corrective Services' Alexander Maconochie Medal to joint winners in a formal ceremony at the Legislative Assembly.
For more information: See the media release

Inquiry into prevention rather than prison 
ABC Lateline, 16 April 2013
A Senate Inquiry in Perth will investigate the potential for justice reinvestment, which involves spending money on crime prevention rather than on building prisons.
For more information: See the article
 
Texas experience with justice reinvestment 
ABC Lateline, 16 April 2013
Jerry Madden, former Chairman of the Texas House of Representatives Corrections Committee and Senior Fellow with Right On Crime discusses how investment in crime prevention has worked in Dallas, Texas.
For more information: See the article

Significant assistance for Canberra’s most vulnerable
ACT Medicare Local (ACTML), 10 April 2013
ACT Medicare Local (ACTML) has led a consortium to successfully secure significant funding to support Canberra’s most vulnerable community members who are living a severe and persistent mental health issue.
For more information: See the media release

Proposed new mental health site gets more beds
ABC News, 15 April 2013
The ACT Government has decided to increase the size of a planned secure forensic mental health facility, but reduce its security level.
For more information: See the article
 
Drunks outnumber drug-affected hospital visits
Canberra Times, 17 April 2013
ACT Health Directorate data shows last year more than six times as many people presented at the Canberra Hospital with a primary diagnosis relating to alcohol use, compared with that of illegal drugs.
For more information: See the article
 
ACT signs NDIS agreement
ABC News, 22 April 2013
ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has signed an agreement with Prime Minister Julia Gillard to ensure the ACT will benefit from the full roll-out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
For more information: See the article
 
Government responds to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body report
ACT Government, 11 April 2013
Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Shane Rattenbury, has presented the ACT Government's response to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body's Third Report in the ACT Legislative Assembly.
For more information: See the media release

Tom Calma named as new UC chancellor
ABC News, 26 April 2013
Human rights campaigner Tom Calma has been announced as the new chancellor of the University of Canberra. He will take over from retiring ACTEW chairman John Mackay when his term finishes at the end of the year.
For more information: See the article

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